PDP, Wike resorts to fake news to blackmail Senate against Amaechi’s screening – APC

Former Rivers State Governor, Amaechi

Former Rivers State Governor, Amaechi

By Nwaorgu Faustinus

The Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress, [APC], says
it has come to its notice, that Governor Nyesom Wike and the PDP in
their failed bid to ensure that the Senate does not screen Rt. Hon.
Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, have now resorted to publishing counterfeit
news items through their sponsored Internet news outlets.

The APC in a statement signed by its spokesman, Chris Finebone said
some of the PDP internet outlets are Nigeriana.org with a fake story
captioned “APC Ministerial Crisis: ‘Screen And Confirm Me or Refund My
Money’ – Angry Amaechi To APC Leaders.”, and another of such fake
story is by the notorious PDP Scannewsnigeria.com with a caption,
“Ministerial Screening of Buhari’s Sponsor: EFCC arrests Minority
Leader as FG intimidates PDP Senators.”

According to press statement, “in both online publications, agents of
Governor Wike and the PDP tried to justify the huge funds the Rivers
State Governor is providing to them by concocting wild, pedestrian
stories in form of news which are put out to unsuspecting and gullible
online readers”.

The APC noted that “these online outlets have in the past concocted
several fake news stories purporting such stories to be based on
interviews with the former governor that actually never held; they
also claim to have talked with close associates of the former governor
who they fail to name just because confidentiality of sources is a
right accorded to journalists under the law. Again, they continue to
indulge in their malfeasance because most online readers often fail to
see through such false stories and the sinister motives of those
behind them.”

It emphasised that Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi did not speak with
any journalist as stated in the Nigeriana.com story under reference.

“He also did not, at anytime, hold any discussions with associates,
friends or any person/persons over the matter of his Senate screening
at any time and certainly did not and still does not have reasons to
discuss such issues with anyone along the lines expressed by the
shameless online publication. Former Governor Amaechi is at peace with
himself and God. Therefore, the said publications are manifestly false
in their entirety. Indeed, they are emanations from the infantile
imagination of those behind them and aimed at inciting the
Distinguished Senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and
blackmail them against the upcoming screening of the former governor
as one of the ministerial nominees by President Mohammadu Buhari.”

The APC urged the Distinguished Senators and all other Nigerians to
discountenance the aforementioned fake stories and many more the PDP
are likely to put out in the public domain in the next few days
especially as Governor Wike and his co-travellers have woefully failed
in their bid to stall the ascension of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi
Amaechi as a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria even if the
former governor virtually forced former President Goodluck Jonathan to
make Nyesom Wike a Minister as confessed to by the former President
Jonathan himself.

“The free news APC has for these men is that Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi
Amaechi will become a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as
the matter is beyond mortal men like them”, the statement averred.

Links to the fake stories:
1. http://nigeriana.org/461830.html

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